Can You Guess These Books From the 20th Century Based on Just a Description?

Becky Stigall

A really rich guy likes a gal named Daisy in 1922.

"The Great Gatsby" has been made into several movies, including one starring Robert Redford in 1974, and one staring Leonardo DiCaprio in 2013.

The Joads from Oklahoma lose their farm and move to California to find jobs.

"The Grapes of Wrath" was written by John Steinbeck. The 1940 film starred Henry Fonda, and a remake may be in the works.

Big Brother, the Outer Party, and the Ministry of Truth play heavily in this George Orwell novel.

"1984" has been made into big screen adaptations three times, with one more said to be in the works.

Holden Caulfield gets expelled from Pencey Preparatory Academy.

This 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger was one of the most censored books in schools.

Bilbo Baggins goes on adventures.

"The Hobbit," by J.R.R. Tolkien, was the prequel to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Humbert Humbert becomes obsessed with his landlady's 12-year-old daughter.

This 1955 novel by Vladimir Nabokov was made into movies in 1962 and 1997. The 1997 version starred Jeremy Irons as Humbert Humbert.

Scout and Jem live with their lawyer father, Atticus, and are afraid of Boo Radley.

Harper Lee published "To Kill a Mockingbird" in 1960. The 1962 film starred Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.

Sal and Dean travel the country making friends.

Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" was published in 1957. He taped together the sheets from the original manuscript to form one continuous scroll.

A group of expats travel to Pamplona to watch the running of the bulls.

Ernest Hemingway published "The Sun Also Rises" in 1926. It was originally published in London under the title "Fiesta."

Sethe, an escaped slave, kills her young daughter to avoid having her enslaved.

Toni Morrison won a Pulitzer Prize for this 1987 novel. The movie, starring Oprah Winfrey, was released in 1998.

Young boys stranded on an island form a makeshift government.

"Lord of the Flies," by William Golding, hit the big screen in 1990 and starred Balthazar Getty and Chris Furrh.

A solitary town is untouched for a century.

"One Hundred Years of Solitude," by Gabriel García Marquez, has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

Boars, pigs, horses and dogs keep humans at bay in this George Orwell story.

"Animal Farm" was written by Orwell to be a story against Stalin.

Anne Frank's personal recollections.

"The Diary of a Young Girl" was published in 1947 and has been published in over 60 different languages.

Men, elves, hobbits and dwarves battle Sauron.

"The Lord of the Rings" is a three volume work by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in 1954-1955.

Billy Pilgrim describes the firebombing of Dresden in the German state of Saxony.

This Kurt Vonnegut novel was published in 1969. It was adapted for the big screen in 1972.

The 256th Squadron go out of their way to avoid missions.

"Catch-22" was written by Joseph Heller. It was published in 1961 and was set during WWII.

The Compson family falls apart.

"The Sound and the Fury" was written by William Faulkner. Faulkner wanted to join the U.S. Army but was unable to because he was only 5' 5½" tall.

George and Lennie are migrant workers who become involved in a murder.

"Of Mice and Men" was written by John Steinbeck, who also wrote "The Grapes of Wrath" and "East of Eden."

Women become surrogate mothers in this dystopian story.

"The Handmaid's Tale" was written by Margaret Atwood. The novel has been made into a 1990 movie and a 2017 Hulu series.

Dim, Georgie, Pete and Alex live in a violent world.

"A Clockwork Orange" was written by Anthony Burgess and published in 1962. Stanley Kubrick made the book into a film in 1971.

Books are banned in this dystopian novel.

"Fahrenheit 451," by Ray Bradbury, was published in 1953. It was first made into a movie in 1966.

Scarlett O'Hara will never leave Tara.

"Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell was published in 1936 and had over 1,000 pages.

The story of the murder of the Herbert Clutter family.

"In Cold Blood," by Truman Capote, was published in 1966 and remains the second-best-selling true crime book of all time.

Mister wants to marry Nettie, but gets Celie instead.

"The Color Purple" was written by Alice Walker and published in 1982. The 1985 movie starred Whoopi Goldberg as Celie.

Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie go to live with professor Digory Kirke.

"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" was written by C.S. Lewis and published in 1950.

A high-society lady gets ready for a party.

"Mrs Dalloway" was written by Virginia Woolf and published in 1925. The 1997 movie starred Vanessa Redgrave.

Randle Patrick McMurphy gets a lobotomy.

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was written by Ken Kesey and published in 1962. The 1975 movie starred Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher.

Esther Greenwood spirals into depression, like the author.

"The Bell Jar" was written by Sylvia Plath and published in 1963, just one month before her suicide.

What crime has K. committed?

"The Trial" was written by Franz Kafka and published in 1925, after his death. Kafka earned a law degree in 1906.

In the future, U.S. businesses and industry are collapsing.

"Atlas Shrugged" was written by Ayn Rand and published in 1957, with more than 1,100 pages.

Addie Bundren's family take her body to Jefferson, Mississippi, to be buried.

"As I Lay Dying" was written by William Faulkner and published in 1930. Faulkner also wrote "The Sound and the Fury."

Francie Nolan grows up poor in New York.

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" was written by Betty Smith and published in 1943.

Santiago battles a big fish.

"The Old Man and the Sea" was written by Ernest Hemingway and published in 1952. It was a short story, at only 127 pages.

German soldier Paul Baumer fights the French during World War I.

"All Quiet on the Western Front" was written by Erich Maria Remarque and published in 1929. The sequel, "The Road Back," was published in 1930.

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Just in case you have not yet read the great American novel, here's a list of 35 of them. Try your hand at guessing the titles of these significant contributions to literature.

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